A Puritan Catechism
Compiled by C. H. Spurgeon*
I am persuaded that the use of a good
Catechism in all our families
a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times,
therefore I have compiled this little manual from the Westminster
and Baptist Catechisms, for the use of my own church and
congregation. Those who use it in their
to explain the sense; but the words should be carefully
by heart, for they will be understood better as years pass.
May the Lord bless my dear friends and
families evermore, is
prayer of their loving Pastor.
C. H. Spurgeon
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15
Questions Only (with proofs)
What is the chief end of man?
What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify him?
What do the Scriptures principally teach?
What is God?
there more Gods than one?
many persons are there in the Godhead?
What are the decrees of God?
does God execute his decrees?
What is the work of creation?
10 How did God create man?
11 What are God's works of providence?
12 What special act of providence did God
exercise toward man in the state wherein he was created?
13 Did our parents continue in the state
wherein they were created?
14 What is sin?
15 Did all mankind fall in Adam's first
16 Into what estate did the fall bring
17 Wherein consists the sinfulness of
state whereinto man fell?
18 What is the misery of that state
19 Did God leave all mankind to perish in
state of sin and misery?
20 Who is the Redeemer of God's elect?
21 How did Christ, being the Son of God,
22 What offices does Christ execute as
23 How does Christ execute the office of
24 How does Christ execute the office of
25 How does Christ execute the office of
26 Wherein did Christ's humiliation
27 Wherein consists Christ's exaltation?
28 How are we made partakers of the
purchased by Christ?
29 How does the Spirit apply to us the
redemption purchased by Christ?
30 What is effectual calling?
31 What benefits do they who are
called, partake of in this life?
32 What is justification?
33 What is adoption?
34 What is sanctification?
35 What are the benefits which in this
either accompany or flow from justification,
36 What benefits do believers receive
Christ at their death?
37 What benefits do believers receive
Christ at the
38 What shall be done to the wicked at
39 What shall be done to the wicked at
40 What did God reveal to man for the
41 What is the sum of the ten
42 Which is the first commandment?
43 What is required in the first
44 Which is the second commandment?
45 What is required in the second
46 What is forbidden in the second
47 Which is the third commandment?
48 What is required in the third
49 Which is the fourth commandment?
50 What is required in the fourth
51 How is the Sabbath to be sanctified?
52 Which is the fifth commandment?
53 What is required in the fifth
54 What is the reason annexed to the
55 Which is the sixth commandment?
56 What is forbidden in the sixth
57 Which is the seventh commandment?
58 What is forbidden in the seventh
59 Which is the eighth commandment?
60 What is forbidden in the eighth
61 Which is the ninth commandment?
62 What is required in the ninth
63 Which is the tenth commandment?
64 What is forbidden in the tenth
65 Is any man able perfectly to keep the
commandments of God?
66 Are all transgressions of the law
67 What does every sin deserve?
68 How may we escape his wrath and curse
us for sin?
69 What is faith in Jesus Christ?
70 What is repentance to life?
71 What are the outward means whereby the
Spirit communicates to us the benefits of
72 How is the Word made effectual to
73 How is the Word to be read and heard
may become effectual to salvation?
74 How do Baptism and the Lord's Supper
75 What is baptism?
76 To whom is Baptism to be administered?
77 Are the infants of such as are
believers to be baptised?
78 How is baptism rightly administered?
79 What is the duty of such as are
80 What is the Lord's Supper?
81 What is required to the worthy
the Lord's Supper?
82 What is meant by the words, "until he
come," which are used by the apostle Paul in
reference to the the
about Oct 14, 1855, when Spurgeon was 21 years old. On
14, Spurgeon preached (sermon no. 46) to several thousand who
to hear him at New Park Street Chapel. When the sermon was
it contained an announcement of this catechism. The text
morning was, "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all